The violence that the population in the illegal drug producing countries of Latin America has continued to take its toll on the population in a vicious cycle that continues to result in deaths, injury and a life if terror for many of the inhabitants. The poor civilians are caught in-between vicious fights that pit cartel against cartel and again caught in-between the fights between law enforcement agencies and the cartels. These cartels are responsible for ensuring that the cultivation and growing of illegal drugs continues often at a great human price. Despite the pouring of large amounts of money, arms and policies, the drug trade continues to grow, posing danger not just in the US and Latin America but increasingly throughout the world.
There are various measures that can be taken to deal with both the demand side of the drug trade as well as the supply side as these are the only approaches that stand any chance of success in this war. Concerted efforts, involving not some, but all of the countries in this region, together with a unity of purpose is the only way that this war can be won.
[...] Government agencies take massive effort to locate and deal with corrupt public officials. Putting in place policies that fight corruption as well their correct implementation in both the United States and Latin America would go a long way in limiting the effect of, if not altogether eliminating, this scourge. Deterrent sentencing of those found complicit in corrupt practices that aid the drug trade would be the first step towards achieving this goal. C. Military action is taken to strike a huge blow against drug cartel leadership If these things are done then dramatic steps will have been taken to eliminate drug cartels and the threats they pose on society. [...]
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[...] The economics of illegal drugs makes the allure of the drug trade very enticing. A farmer in Colombia, Peru or Bolivia, where all the cocaine is produced in the world is paid anything between $ 1.30 to $ 3.00 per kilogram for his raw leaf which is then crushed and processed to make the cocaine base, with a kilogram of cocaine base being sold for between $585 and $780. As the cocaine travels from the jungles of Colombia to the USA the wholesale price per kilo goes up to as much as $27,000 per kilo, with the street price ranging from $100-$150 per gram. [...]
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